Don’t Kill with Kindness: 4 Leadership Best Practices for Bosses

When directing and disciplining employees on the job, what approach is correct to get the best long-term performance?  Are you better off being a friend or a tyrant?  Shoot for respected and we’ll call it a day.  Read on to learn why on the job it can be cruel to be kind, and four best practices to get what you want from employees. Read More…

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The Limited Life Cycle Business

limited life cycle business, business life cycle, life cycle productWe’ve all heard the terms life cycle product and business life cycle before, used to describe the natural, measurable and recognizable stages that a business goes through.  As business owners we all want our products and services to last, to ride that pony until her knees buckle.  Many times, we don’t know how long that is, so we hope for the best.   An increasing number of entrepreneurs today are designing entire business units around trends in the marketplace that have a limited life-span—and they know it in advance!  Keep reading to learn to see if you have the talents, resources and stomach to build your own limited life cycle business again and again and again. Read More…

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The Small Business Osama bin Laden: What’s Your Target Strategic Threat?

Small Business owners have thousands of issues to deal with each year, to the point where it is overwhelming to prioritize and focus upon the main thing, that Pareto 20% of stuff that will make 80% of the difference to you.  Business owners can profit by identifying their key target strategic threat and designing a game plan to find where it is hiding, contain it and if possible, snuff it out. Read More…

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Three Rules of Management Communication

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Communicating as a Leader in your company is to take a daily exam on life, and you’d better know the rules.  Fail that leadership communications test and you’ll wonder where the productivity went as your company pays for it in lost profits.

Two days ago I came home from the office feeling invigorated and alive.  Five minutes talking with my wife changed all that.  Don’t misunderstand, it’s not that I don’t like talking with my wife.  She was upset because of what happened to her at work, and after hearing about it, I was a bit miffed as well. 

My wife works at a part salary, part commission job selling advertising for a local publication.  She had gone to the office that day anticipating the biggest commission check of her career, and had left home in the morning salivating like one of Pavlov’s famous pooches.  Upon picking up her check, she found it a bit light and did some investigating.  As it turned out, the big guy had changed the commission plan overnight without telling the sales associates.  Read More…

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Telework & Virtual Teams Strategy (pt. 2 of 2)

This is the second in a two part blog post on Telework and Virtual Team Strategy with video interview of Phil Montero of Montero Consulting and YouCanWorkFromAnywhere.com fame.

Video Interview

Phil and I get into non-tech elements critical for success when Leading virtual or distributed workforces.  This generates the intangibles necessary for leaders and why authoritarian leadership models won’t fly in a purely virtual situation.  

Check out the video to learn Phil’s gadgetry and secret collaborative software weapon that you can get for the price of…FREE!

Creating a Virtual Environment for Success

Most American models of leadership still use the top-down, authoritarian style of communication when dealing with “subordinates”.  We glorify the strong, brave, dictatorial styles of Jack Welch in business and Patton on the battlefield.  Everything has its place and in the virtual landscape, the world has never been flatter!  Read More…

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Leadership Sand Traps: Tips from the Links to Build Leadership Skills

What a wonderful day in central Florida it was.  The sun is shining, a woodpecker gently taps on a nearby cypress tree, and I’m standing on the first tee at Diamondback golf course, ready to light up the scorecard by shooting in the low eighties.  I use a three iron and stealthily launch a perfectly placed shot in the center of the fairway.  This is going to be big.  My next effort is a four iron, safely landing 75 yards from the bunker-guarded green on this short but hazardous par 5.   Suddenly the heart palpitations are fast and furious, my palms begin to sweat, and I’m feeling the heat because two people I’ve never seen before who my partner and I were paired with are awaiting my magnificent approach to the green.  I skull the sand wedge into the woods, and suddenly the little setbacks that every person who has ever played this game has faced start to loom larger and larger.  I make it off the course alive four and a half hours later—sweat under my arms, sand in my shoes, and expletives escaping my lips about the 110 I just regurgitated on this beautiful landscape.  The flight back to Pennsylvania and more comfortable, wide-open terrain cannot leave soon enough. Read More…

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